Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Bad weather forces rescheduling of women's giant slalom event at PyeongChang

Bad weather forces rescheduling of women's giant slalom event at PyeongChang

The strong winds meant that once again, USA skier Mikaela Shiffrin's first medal race in South Korea would be put off.

The postponement of the women's slalom, which will now take place on Friday, meant three of the four Alpine events scheduled so far have not taken place on their original date.

On Wednesday at Yongpyong, snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that. Officials sent notice that all activities at Gangneung's Olympic Park were suspended "to ensure the safety of all personnel".

It was a landmark win because it brought US their 100th Winter Olympics gold stretching back to speed skater Charles Jewtraw in 1924. "Neither of those were really achievable today", Kristofic said.

"The competition is run by the International Ski Federation", International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said. The 22-year-old American is known for her calmness under pressure, but the high winds in the mountains are in danger of blowing her ambitions way off course. Now, with the big time difference between the US and South Korea, the giant slalom is set to be seen in primetime in America on Wednesday.

Based on the sport's original 11-event program for South Korea, Shiffrin would have raced on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in Week 1, with full days off to help in the transition from her preferred technical events of slalom and giant slalom to the speed events.

"When you have gusty winds like that, it is hard to have a fair race, and the weather forecast called for winds to increase throughout the afternoon, right around our proposed start time for both runs, so that was a red flag for officials as well".

Earlier this week in the women's slopestyle event, several riders were critical that racing was held in adverse conditions, with one Dutch snowboarder insisting the competition was a lottery. The event was also postponed on Sunday because of conditions. "I hope that this race [the Skiathlon] just blew the cobwebs away a little bit and I can go and enjoy that race [10km free] and fight back a little bit".

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